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Bridget Johnson


May 6, 2014 - 7:39 am

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the Democrats’ pushback to House Republicans’ special committee on Benghazi proves that the administration is “scared to death” about what could emerge.

“The president of the United States, while an ongoing tragedy is taking place, our consulate being under attack, you would think that, like the video that we saw of the strike on Osama bin Laden, that we would see many pictures of the president attentive. All we know is that he was briefed by Panetta and Dempsey and they left, and there was no further communication,” McCain told Fox.

“Could I say, first of all, I think it’s important that the Democrats join in this? When Joe Lieberman and I said we ought to have a 9/11 Commission, the Bush administration didn’t want it. When Abu Ghraib happened, I condemned it. Waterboarding, I condemned it. Those were all under the Bush administration,” he added.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, suggested Sunday that his colleagues should boycott this “colossal waste of time.”

“If there is nothing to it, as they are saying there is nothing to it, they should want this committee because then they will prove themselves right. Then they would be able to say, hey, see, I told you there is nothing wrong with it,” McCain continued. “They are scared to death. I have never seen anything like, after 19 months, the emails concerning their priorities and the president’s spokesperson saying that it had nothing to do with Benghazi. Now, that has reached a new point.”

The senator said that he’s known White House press secretary Jay Carney for a long time, and back in his media days he was “a pretty straightforward journalist.”

“He has destroyed his own reputation by that statement that what clearly was the talking points, which had nothing to do but Benghazi, saying it had nothing to do with Benghazi. That, to me, is an all-time low for a presidential spokesperson,” McCain said.

“By the way, I would love to see Harry Reid say, yeah, we will make this bicameral Select Committee. I think it rises to that level. Obviously, that won’t happen. And so it’s really too bad,” he added. “And if Democrats refuse to take part in this commission, this committee, and more information comes out, they are the ones that will have egg on their faces because the American people will rightly conclude that they weren’t interested in why four brave Americans were murdered.”

On MSNBC, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) called the select committee “a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a travesty of a mockery of two travesties of a sham.”

“It’s absurd. This is ludicrous,” Cohen said. “A congressional committee did not find Osama bin Laden. Barack Obama found Osama bin Laden. George Bush didn’t find him. Barack Obama did. And the CIA, the State Department, the Defense Department under Barack Obama are going to find the people that were responsible for Benghazi, not a select committee.”

“This is simply an assault on Hillary Clinton, and they will use it and use it and use it. And that’s all it is.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Whoever elected this Cohen dude should be ashamed of themselves. The way I see it is, them dems lied and four people died. Them dems also blamed it on a video thinking Americans would be fooled. Well I hope the select committee finds the truth, which will show the true intentions of them dems.
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You can bet the farm there is some really damaging stuff to come out or this mealy mouthed faux Republican would not be talking about it.
37 weeks ago
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McCain, as usual, is saying the wrong thing and giving the Democrats cover. This select committee is NOT about what happened at Benghazi. It is NOT about whether the talking points of Ambassador Rice were outright forgeries. None of the actions above are crimes.

It IS about lying to Congress. It IS about withholding subpenaed documents from Congress. These are crimes that will result in appointed officials and subordinates to appointed officials facing jail time for their official actions.

Perhaps these officials will claim that they alone are to blame. Perhaps they will name higher officials. Perhaps they will produce evidence to support that this was ordered by higher officials. Perhaps the real story of Benghazi will be revealed as a byproduct.

Just as Deepthroat advised "follow the money" in Watergate, the mantra of Trey Gowdy should be "follow the prosecutable crime".
37 weeks ago
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Everything that McCain said was true or could be supported.

Why does he come across as whiney and defensive?
37 weeks ago
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Because the behind-the-scenes blackmail has yet to begin.

The Obama Administration has so much dirt on each and every person who could possibly be on this commission that in the end, it's all going to look like a big box of nothing.

And he knows that as the petulant jerk he's been lately, nobody's going to take McCain's side when he looks the fool after Obama blackmails everybody into keeping their mouths shut.
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